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Ibis


1.

A bird worshipped by the Egyptians, and called by them Hab or Hib. It was supposed from the colour of its feathers to symbolize the light and shade of the moon; and to be the avatar of the god Thoth (Hermes). It appeared at the time of the rise and departed at the inundation of the Nile, and was supposed to deliver Egypt from the serpents which came from Arabia. Its purity was celebrated, and its flesh was regarded as incorruptible. Ibises were kept in temples, and after death were mummied after the fashion of human mummies, wrapped in linen bandages. See Herodotus, ii. 65, 67, 75, 76; Wilkinson, Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians (1847); and Renouf, Hibbert Lectures (1880).


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A poem by Ovid, written in exile, and denouncing some unnamed person at Rome who had sought to injure the poet's interests. It is in elegiac verse, and is an imitation of a similar poem of Callimachus. There is a separate edition by Robinson Ellis (Oxford, 1881). See Ovidius.

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